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guardian.co.tt Tuesday, July 11, 2017
The screams and
tears, a reality of
brutal, barbaric and
against law abiding
and peaceful citizens
confront our country.
Anger! Rage! The Gift
Our country, our soci-
ety must embrace anger
and use our individual
and collective anger. It
can be cathartic and it
Mahatma Gandhi ac-
cording to his grandson Arun Gandhi believed in
the positive force of anger. Arun in his book- the
Gift of Anger -quoted his grandfather as saying:
"I have learned to use my anger for good. Anger
to people is like gas to the automobile --- it fuels
you to move forward and get to a better place.
Without it, we would not be motivated to rise to a
challenge. It is an energy that compels us to define
what is just and unjust."
Gandhi was suggesting that like any other com-
bustible fuel, anger is volatile. To use anger pro-
ductively, we must first contain it, then channel it.
T&T is angry, afraid and traumatised. We rage
- infuriated, frustrated; hurt - we feel betrayed
How do we convert our anger? How do we take
rage that is unproductive and destructive and
transform it to a powerful fuel and force that
can correct problems, inspire creativity and in-
Anger can be unbearable. Anger can be incon-
solable. Anger will destroy the bridge that makes
us one people, one nation, one country---We are
Anger destroys the faith and hope that each of
us have a fair chance.
What will make our anger and rage go away? And
what will we do to find peace if nothing changes?
How can we harness our anger and rage and live
according to our own sense of justice?
Communication! Let's make communication
our first step.
Go to anyone who can make the situation fairer
and explain why you are upset and angry. Live
your truth, passion and purpose instead of giving
in. Treat anger as fuel, using it as energy to live
Gandhi used his anger as fuel to free India from
oppression. Nelson Mandela used his anger as fuel
to bring down apartheid.
Anger over the course of history has been con-
verted to fuel that provided energy for transforma-
tion. Dare to change our country, make a positive
impact, empower our communities and each other.
We can break the cycle of crime and corruption.
Let's channel our anger and create the fuel and
energy that will create a brighter future for T&T.
Together we can change our country. Be part of
the solution, not the destruction.
Let's engage in productive discussions of issues
that affect our country and understand how we
Let's get past the prejudices, stereotypes and
economic disparities. When we all pull together,
we can take on any issue and overcome the chal-
lenges and obstacles.
Each of us should consider Emma Watson's
challenge when she asked: " If not me, who? If
not now, when?"
Let's use our anger, hurt, indignation and pain
to spark positive change.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Brian Lewis is the President of
the T&T Olympic Committee (T&TOC) and the
views expressed are not necessary those of the
Nadal falls in five
LONDON---First, Rafael Nadal erased
a two-set deficit. Then, he erased four
match points. Nadal could not, however,
erase the fifth.
After digging himself out of difficult sit-
uations over and over during the course of
a riveting encounter that lasted more than
four hours, Nadal suddenly faltered, get-
ting broken in the last game and losing to
16th-seeded Gilles Muller of Luxembourg
3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 15-13 in the fourth round
of Wimbledon yesterday.
The surprising defeat extended Nadal's
drought without a quarterfinal berth at the
All England Club to six years.
He has won two of his 15 Grand Slam
championships at Wimbledon, and played
in the final three other times, most recently
in 2011. But since then, Nadal's exits at the
All England Club have come in the first round
(2013), second round (2012, 2015) and fourth
round (2014, 2017).
All of those losses, except yesterday's,
came against men ranked 100th or worse.
The 34-year-old Muller is not exactly a
giant-killer: He had lost 22 consecutive
matches against foes ranked in the top five.
And he'd only reached a Grand Slam quar-
terfinal once before, at the 2008 US Open.
But Muller managed to pull this one out,
unfazed but allowing opportunities to pass
Nadal served from behind throughout the
final set and was twice a point from losing in
its tenth game. He again was twice a point
from losing in the 20th. Only when Muller
got yet another chance to end it did he, when
Nadal got broken by pushing a forehand long.
Nadal entered the fourth-round match
having won 28 consecutive completed sets
in Grand Slam play, equaling his personal
best and a total exceeded only twice in the
Open era. He arrived at the All England
Club coming off his recordtenth French
Open championship, and 15th major trophy
overall, and seemed primed to be a factor
once again at the grass-court tournament.
Muller, though, presented problems. He
already owned one victory over Nadal at
Wimbledon, back in the second round in
That was before Nadal figured out how to
bring his talents to bear on grass. From 2006-
11, Nadal reached the final in five consecutive
appearances at Wimbledon (he missed it in
2009 because of bad knees), winning titles
in 2008 and 2010.
Muller's next opponent will be 2014 US
Open champion Marin Cilic.
Other men's quarterfinals matchups
are defending champion Andy Murray vs.
24th-seeded Sam Querrey of the US, sev-
en-time champion Roger Federer vs. 2016
runner-up Milos Raonic and 2010 runner-up
Tomas Berdych against Novak Djokovic or
Adrian Mannarino. The Djokovic-Manna-
rino fourth-rounder was postponed until
Tuesday; it had been scheduled to be played
on No. 1 Court after Nadal-Muller conclud-
Sweet white wine and a big nose star
BERGERAC---After a well-deserved rest
day, the Tour de France peloton gets back
to work today through the colorful land-
scapes of the Perigord region.
Here's a gastronomic, sporting and cultural
glance at the 178-kilometre (111-mile) stage:
BAGUETTE AND BUTTER: Stage ten is mainly
flat and suited for sprinters, with just two minor
climbs. Starting in Perigueux, it ends in Berger-
ac, a lovely medieval town on the banks of the
The final kilometres of the stage are straight-
forward, a stark contrast to the maze of little
streets where fans will spend the day treating
themselves with the culinary specialties on
PLAT DU JOUR: Just one quick tip, if you're
on a diet, avoid Perigord. This is not a place for
the faint hearted when it comes to the art of the
table. Go for the duck. Foie gras is a must as an
appetiser that can be followed up with a confit
(duck legs preserved in fat and salt, served fried)
or magret (duck breast) for the full monty. If
you prefer cheese, the Cabecou du Perigord is
creamy and mild.
CULTURE: Tour de France contenders will
ride past the Lascaux cave. The prehistoric
World Heritage site was discovered in 1940
and features some stunning hunting scenes
showing about 100 animal figures. Replicas of
these works are on display in the nearby village
of Montignac, at the International Center of
VIN DU JOUR: Monbazillac. Monks who
founded a church on Mount Bazillac started
to grow vines in the 12th century in the area. A
sweet white wine that people often taste with
foie gras or dessert, Monbazillac is a full-fla-
vored treat with honey and citrus flavors that
marry well with blue cheese.
HISTORY: The most famous figure in Bergerac
is the author Savinien Cyrano, who inspired Ed-
mond Rostand's hero with a gigantic nose, Cyra-
no de Bergerac. The play is a classic of French
literature and the 1990 movie adaptation with
Gerard Depardieu won several awards including
the Oscar for the best costume design.
STAT OF THE DAY: 49. Chris Froome will be
wearing the yellow jersey for the 49th time on
Tuesday. If he keeps it in Bergerac, he will join
five-time Tour winner Jacques Anquetil to
fourth place in the all-time list of riders' days
in yellow behind Eddy Merckx (96), Bernard
Hinault (75), and Miguel Indurain (60).
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "It's a massive blow to the
team." --- Yellowjersey holder Chris Froome, re-
flecting on Geraint Thomas' crash that took his
Team Sky teammate out of the race on Sunday.
DIGESTIF: La Vielle Prune, or old plum in
French, is a chest-warming eau de vie made
of super tasty plums. Don't be fooled by the
golden robe and the sweetness of its vanilla
hints if you want to avoid a serious hangover
the next morning: It is 42 degrees proof.
NEXT ORDER: Today's stage is a flat and long
203.5-kilometre (126.5-mile) route from Eymet
to Pau as riders head towards the Pyrenees. An-
other one for the sprinters before a mountain
marathon of more than 200 kilometers the next
Britain's Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, speeds downhill during
the ninth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 181.5 kilometres on Sunday.
Spain's Rafael Nadal looks up as he plays
Luxembourg's Gilles Muller during their
Men's Singles Match on day seven at the
Wimbledon Tennis Championships in
London yesterday. AP PHOTO
TOUR DE FRANCE
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